Four older articles have been added to our research page.
The third and fourth papers were originally published by Bill Hibbard in the AGI 2012 Conference Proceedings: “Avoiding Unintended AI Behaviors” and “Decision Support for Safe AI Design.” Hibbard wrote these articles before he became a MIRI research associate, but he gave us permission to include them on our research page because (1) he became a MIRI research associate during the AGI-12 conference at which the articles were published, (2) the articles were partly inspired by a public dialogue with Luke Muehlhauser, and (3) the articles build on MIRI’s paper “Intelligence Explosion and Machine Ethics.”
As mentioned in our December 2012 newsletter, “Avoiding Unintended AI Behaviors” was awarded MIRI’s $1000 Turing Prize for Best AGI Safety Paper. The prize was awarded in honor of Alan Turing, who not only discovered some of the key ideas of machine intelligence, but also grasped its importance, writing that “…it seems probable that once [human-level machine thinking] has started, it would not take long to outstrip our feeble powers… At some stage therefore we should have to expect the machines to take control…”
While it may not be quite up to Tony Stark's standards, DARPA's Warrior Web suit has the advantage of being real. DARPA has revealed photos and video of an early prototype of its Warrior Web project. Warrior Web is a flexible exoskeleton suit that uses only 100 Watts of power. The goal is to reduce the injuries and fatigue that result from a soldier carrying a typical 100 pound load for extended periods of time. DARPA hopes the exoskeleton will boost the soldier's endurance and carrying capacity. The DARPA Warrior Web program page provides this description:
The Warrior Web program seeks to develop the technologies required to prevent and reduce musculoskeletal injuries caused by dynamic events typically found in the warfighter’s environment. The ultimate program goal is a lightweight, conformal under-suit that is transparent to the user (like a diver’s wetsuit). The suit seeks to employ a system (or web) of closed-loop controlled actuation, transmission, and functional structures that protect injury prone areas, focusing on the soft tissues that connect and interface with the skeletal system.
The current prototypes are part of what's know as "Task A" and embody only certain key elements of the final design. Warrior Web Task B, which begins this fall, will attempt to integrate all the Task A technologies into a single suit. For more, visit the Warrior Web Program website or read on to see a video of the Task A prototype suit in action.
Technology company IBM is putting its supercomputer Watson to work - in a robot call centre. The artificially intelligent computer system is taking on the role of customer service manager and will be called Watson Engagement Advisor.